I Like The Times, But Not Enough To Pay Double The Subscription Fee

I Like The Times, But Not Enough To Pay Double The Subscription Fee

Newspaper workers like to think their news gathering skills keep readers interested in their product, but no matter how well they do their jobs, crummy billing and delivery execution drive readers away from the struggling industry. [More]

Nonprofit At Work On Free Digital Science Textbook

Nonprofit At Work On Free Digital Science Textbook

Billed as the first interactive, all-digital science textbook, Life on Earth will teach students about the birds, bees, flowers and trees — and do so for free. [More]

Someone Bought Newsweek For $1, Probably Overpaid

Someone Bought Newsweek For $1, Probably Overpaid

An audio equipment magnate dug into his pockets, fished out some loose pocket change and bought Newsweek in August for $1. We’re not talking about a single issue at a news stand, but the entire magazine operation. [More]

L.A. Times Replaces Front Page With Fake 'Law & Order' News; L.A. Times Readers Really Pissed

L.A. Times Replaces Front Page With Fake 'Law & Order' News; L.A. Times Readers Really Pissed

Earlier this week, the L.A. Times ran a fake front page — chock full of stories intended to sell NBC’s new L.A.-based Law & Order franchise — and guess what? Readers of the paper weren’t exactly pleased with the bit of crass badvertising. [More]

Reader's Digest Wants Me To Renew 4 Months Into a 2-Year Subscription

Reader's Digest Wants Me To Renew 4 Months Into a 2-Year Subscription

As magazines continue to struggle, some are treating subscribers the way Tommy Boy does biscuits that represent Callahan brake pad sales contacts. Take Rick, who was good enough to pay upfront for two years of Reader’s Digest, and now must field offers from the company to renew the four-month-old subscription: [More]

New York Times Publisher Says Print Edition Will Eventually Fade Out

New York Times Publisher Says Print Edition Will Eventually Fade Out

It’s easy to imagine most newspapers ceasing print editions, but surely stalwarts such as the New York Times will always stick around in physical form, if only to serve tradition, right? Wrong, says Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the New York Times chairman and publisher. [More]

Paste Is God's Magazine Now

Paste Is God's Magazine Now

When my dog, Goose, died last year, my then-2-year-old son rationalized “Goose is God’s dog now.” It seemed as positive a rationalization as possible to put on an untimely passing. So now I have to believe that, when headed to the crapper, God must be taking a rolled-up copy the beloved-but-obviously-not-beloved-enough-to-be-kept-alive Paste magazine with him. That’s presuming Paste went to periodical heaven and not where George magazine ended up. [More]

Reader's Digest Wants My Grandma To Pay For Gift Subscription

Reader's Digest Wants My Grandma To Pay For Gift Subscription

Amy tried to buy her grandma a present that would show up regularly in her mailbox and keep her occupied. The Reader’s Digest subscription she bought her fit the bill, but not the way Amy hoped because the magazine kept insisting that Granny owed $20. [More]

If I Wanted A Newspaper Subscription, I Would Subscribe To
Your Newspaper, Wouldn't I?

If I Wanted A Newspaper Subscription, I Would Subscribe To Your Newspaper, Wouldn't I?

Sure, times are difficult in the newspaper business, and new and innovative ways to attract readers are essential right now. However, we can go ahead and not recommend this method. Laura writes that the carrier for her local weekly paper subscribed everyone on her route by default, and left a cheerful note telling them to call customer service if they didn’t want it. [More]

Playboy Goes From 'Jack It' To 'Jacket' In Online Venture

Playboy Goes From 'Jack It' To 'Jacket' In Online Venture

Playboy has got things all backwards — the fabled skin rag has made a web site that leaves the nude pictures behind. [More]

Times Of London Erects Pay Wall, Locks Out Most Of Its Readership

Times Of London Erects Pay Wall, Locks Out Most Of Its Readership

Cash-strapped fishwraps all over the world are watching the Times of London’s new content paywall business model. How’s that working out for them? Depending on how you look at the numbers and whether you value total visitors or pageviews, the newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., lost either two-thirds or 90 percent of their online readership since the pay walls were erected. [More]

Magazine I Don't Want — And The Bill For It — Invade My Mailbox

Magazine I Don't Want — And The Bill For It — Invade My Mailbox

Jay thinks his home and garden are just fine, thank you very much, and has no desire to make either better. And yet Better Homes and Gardens popped up in his mailbox as well as a $6 invoice for an annual subscription. He can’t find a way to stop the unwanted magazine, writing: [More]

Dead Magazine Coming Back As Zombie iPad App

Dead Magazine Coming Back As Zombie iPad App

Conde Nast announced plans to bring back the shuttered Gourmet Magazine as a free iPad app that gets users to pay for free stuff along the way with virtual currency, Farmville style. [More]

Get Ready To Pay For Your New York Times In 2011

Get Ready To Pay For Your New York Times In 2011

New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller announced that the paper will be charging for access to its articles early next year. [More]

Viacom's Redstone: All Newspapers Dead In Two Years

Viacom's Redstone: All Newspapers Dead In Two Years

Sumner Redstone, the boss of Viacom and CBS, has gazed into his crystal ball, and what he sees may not cheer up anyone in the newspaper business — though it may, conveniently, be good news for broadcasters. According to Redstone, “there won’t be any newspapers in two years.” [More]

Even Newspapers Are Going 3D Now

Even Newspapers Are Going 3D Now

Newspaper mad scientist Rupert Murdoch is apparently jumping on the James Cameron bandwagon, because now his British tabloid The Sun is going to go 3D, Deadline Hollywood Daily reports. [More]

Are Newspapers Covering Costs By Gouging Readers Placing Obits?

Are Newspapers Covering Costs By Gouging Readers Placing Obits?

Writing on his Reflections of a Newsosaur blog, Alan D. Mutter contends newspapers are sticking it to those who place paid obits in their pages. He said the San Francisco Chronicle wanted $450 for a 182-word death notice. Mutter says the gouging may be part of an industry-wide trend. [More]

Why Should I Subscribe To Your Magazine If It's Free With Fewer Ads Online?

Why Should I Subscribe To Your Magazine If It's Free With Fewer Ads Online?

Here is the question that plagues the magazine industry at the moment. Reader Danielle likes Real Simple magazine and is a subscriber. However, there are so many ads in it that it’s ruining the experience for her. To make matters worse, the entire magazine is on their website… with fewer ads. So why should she subscribe? [More]